Who can get it
To get this payment you must provide full time care for a child younger than 7 and meet other rules.
A doctor must diagnose the child with a severe medical condition or severe disability.
You must also meet the following rules:
- you must get Carer Allowance for the child
- you must have a very strong need for financial help
- the child must need this care for at least 2 months
- you and your partner can’t be getting Carer Payment or be able to get another income support payment from us.
Time limit to apply
You must apply within 2 years from the first time a doctor diagnoses the child’s condition.
Catastrophic events are things like:
- a childhood stroke
- childhood cancer
- genetic conditions.
They can also be events like a:
- car accident
- near drowning.
The most any family can get is up to $10,000 for each child for one catastrophic event.
Page last updated: 16 February 2021
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